The collection contains the working papers of Professor Berridge covering her extensive research on the history of drug policy, addiction, smoking, alcohol and HIV/AIDS. The research includes projects for a number of national and international bodies including the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), World Health Organisation (WHO) and European Union along with funded research programmes on HIV/AIDS and smoking policy at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The papers reflect Virginia Berridge's career as a historian and researcher with the papers chiefly consisting of research material accumulated from studies on drug addiction, drug use, HIV/AIDS, smoking and the formation of health care policy towards these issues. These papers include numerous manuscript notes of interviews she conducted; collected unpublished and published material, correspondence, committee and meeting minutes, briefing papers, conference papers and 36 recorded interviews relating to the development of post-war UK smoking policy. Papers include work relating to Professor Berridge's early work on 19th century narcotics relating to her book, her joint publication with Griffith Edwards, 'Opium and the People'; research papers relating to her work for the Drug Addiction Research Initiative within the UK and Europe, 1986-1987 and also her work relating to her role as co-Director of the AIDS Social History Programme, 1986-1995, based at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. The later contains the business files, interview notes, correspondence and reports for the Programme and complements the collected material within the GB 0809 AIDS Social History Programme collection.
In addition, to Professor Berridge's working papers are papers relating to her publications, grant applications, teaching and membership of research groups and journal editorial boards. These include papers relating to the ISDD/DrugScope and British Journal of Addiction/Addiction.